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Technology, Employment, and the Business Cycle: Do Technology Shocks Explain Aggregate Fluctuations? Comment

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  • Wen, Yi

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The neoclassical effects of permanent technology shocks on employment is re-investigated. Contrary to Jordi Gali's (1999) assertion published in this Review, I show that standard neoclassical theory is fully capable of explaining the stylized fact that positive permanent technology shocks reduce employment and that positive transitory nontechnology shocks increase labor productivity.

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  • Wen, Yi, 2001. "Technology, Employment, and the Business Cycle: Do Technology Shocks Explain Aggregate Fluctuations? Comment," Working Papers 01-19, Cornell University, Center for Analytic Economics.
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    1. Bharat Trehan, 2003. "Productivity shocks and the unemployment rate," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, pages 13-27.
    2. Martial Dupaigne & Patrick Feve, 2009. "Technology shocks around the world," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 12(4), pages 592-607, October.

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